Steve Reed MP outlines plans to end the Tory sewage scandal

Labour will end the Tory sewage scandal and clean up our waters.

Steve Reed MP spoke at Labour Party Conference 2023 in Liverpool this week to outline how Labour will clean up Britain’s polluted rivers, lakes and seas by blocking water bosses’ bonuses if they keep breaking the law.

Water companies have allowed record levels of illegal raw sewage discharges to pollute our precious waterways. They dumped raw sewage in British lakes and rivers over 300,000 times last year.

Labour will force water companies to monitor every single water outlet, and punish illegal sewage discharges with severe and automatic fines.

Steve Reed MP said: “The next Labour government will end Tory negligence and put the water industry under special measures to force them to clean up their toxic mess. With Labour, the polluter – not the public – will pay.”


Steven Reed is Labour MP for Croydon North and Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. In 2018 his private member’s bill on reducing violent mental health restraint became law. In June 2019 he launched Labour’s civil society strategy outlining radical plans to empower citizens and communities.


Steve chairs the Cooperative Councils Innovation Network, co-chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for London, was Leader of Lambeth Council 2006-12 where he led the council’s children’s services to become best-rated in the country and pioneered the public-health approach to tackling violent youth crime. He worked in publishing for 16 years and was an elected trade union branch secretary.